Photography: Smooth operator
Tim Walker is The Independent’s Los Angeles correspondent, covering entertainment and other concerns from the West Coast of the US. He was previously a features writer and the editor of the paper’s diary column. His first novel, Completion, is being published in January 2014.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
People always edit their lives on Facebook, picking photos, links and "likes" to make themselves seem as awesome as possible.
Now they're editing their faces, too. A selection of cheap, new photo-retouching apps are taking off online, as users decide they'd rather lose the wrinkles in their profile pic. Pimple Eraser, for instance, has been downloaded two million times in 16 months, according to The Los Angeles Times.
I turned for my personal retouch to pixlr.com, which calls itself "the most popular online photo editor in the world". I think you'll agree my new portrait is a triumph. As my little improvements will be difficult to spot, let me describe exactly what I've done. First, I decided, my blue-green eyes could be a little more vivid, so I brought out their turquoise hue with a delicate pin-prick effect. My hair, I thought, could do with a smattering of highlights. (That's not my natural colour. Can you believe it?) With some shading, I made my jawline just a tad stronger. And with that blue sky, I really ought to have a tan.
* Editor's note: for reference, we've also given you our more "nuanced" version of Tim...
Life & Style blogs
Holocaust Memorial Day: 70 years since Auschwitz liberation, these are the stories of survivors
Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
Hershey's angers US chocolate purists by forcing company to stop importing 'yummy' Cadbury bars
Facebook, Instagram websites down — Lizard Squad hint at involvement, but Facebook claims it broke itself
'We would evict Queen from Buckingham Palace and allocate her council house,' say Greens
French court convicts three over homophobic tweets, in case hailed as a 'significant victory' by LGBT rights campaigners
Greece elections: Syriza and EU on collision course after election win for left-wing party
British Muslim school children suffering a backlash of abuse following Paris attacks
Islamic history is full of free thinkers - but recent attempts to suppress critical thought are verging on the absurd
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
- 1 Double chins could be 'cured' without surgery or dieting using new injection
- 2 The BBC has just done more to eradicate ‘terrorism’ than all our wars since 9/11
- 3 Dog thinks owner is drowning in lake, dives in and tries to pull him out
- 4 Thank heavens for Louise Mensch and her foul-mouthed tweets to world leaders
- 5 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
iJobs Gadgets & Tech
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Application Architect/Developer - Peterborough, Cam...
Negotiable: Ashdown Group: Developer (C#, VB & ASP.Net, SQL Server, TSQL) - Pe...
£26000 - £33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity for an ...
£20 - £25 per hour: Ashdown Group: The Ashdown Group have been engaged by a hu...